To Do Friday: Glad to See You

Malcolm Gladwell (Getty Images)

Malcolm Gladwell (Getty Images)

The New Yorker writer on trends in neuroscience who didn’t get in trouble this year continues to rake in the speaking engagements: Malcolm Gladwell drops by the Tropfest Roughcut Symposium today, a daylong event at which various notables discuss the art of film. Speakers joining Mr. Gladwell include Sofia Coppola’s film editor Sarah Flack and movie star Liev Schreiber (to either or both of whom Mr. Gladwell should talk about adapting some of his well-crafted anecdotes into a movie), as well as film criticism icon Lisa SchwarzbaumMeanwhile, the documentary West of Memphis, about the travails of the now-freed West Memphis Three, who spent 18 years in prison on the basis of dubious evidence, has its premiere party on the Upper East Side.

Tropfest, Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 W 65th Street, begins at 10am, tickets and information can be found at tropfest.com/ny; West of Memphis premiere, Upper East Side, invitation only.